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Examining the Effects of Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports on Student Outcomes: Results From a Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial in Elementary Schools

NCJ Number
253570
Journal
Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions Volume: 12 Issue: 3 Dated: 2010 Pages: 133-148
Author(s)
Catherine P. Bradshaw; Mary M. Mitchell; Philip J. Leaf
Date Published
2010
Length
16 pages
Annotation

This study used data from a 5-year longitudinal randomized controlled effectiveness trial of Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) conducted in 37 elementary schools to examine the impact of training in SWPBIS on implementation fidelity, as well as student suspensions, office discipline referrals, and academic achievement.

Abstract

SWPBIS is a universal, schoolwide prevention strategy that is currently implemented in over 9,000 schools across the nation to reduce disruptive behavior problems through the application of behavioral, social learning, and organizational behavioral principles. SWPBIS aims to alter school environments by creating improved systems and procedures that promote positive change in student behavior by targeting staff behaviors. This evaluation of SWPBIS used data from a 5-year longitudinal randomized controlled effectiveness trial of SWPBIS conducted in 37 elementary schools to examine the impact of training in SWPBIS on implementation fidelity as well as student suspensions, office discipline referrals, and academic achievement. School-level longitudinal analyses indicated that the schools trained in SWPBIS implemented the model with high fidelity and experienced significant reductions in student suspensions and office discipline referrals. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2010